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POSITION: Entomologist, Arthropod-Borne Disease Laboratory
DESCRIPTION: The Arthropod-Borne Disease Laboratory, Suffolk County Department of Health Services, in Yaphank, NY conducts countywide surveillance of arthropod-borne pathogens. The ABDL is seeking an entomologist to assist with various lab functions and field activities including the expansion of a tick surveillance program. The successful applicant will be required to conduct field work for tick collections and molecular laboratory analysis for tick-borne pathogens. Salary begins at $61,460 with employee benefits.
QUALIFICATIONS: Experience in molecular biology is preferred.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: The position can be filled as soon as a qualified candidate is identified, preferably with a start date in early 2021. If you are interested in this opportunity, please send a CV and a list of 3 references via e-mail to Dr. Scott Campbell (email@example.com).
POSITION: Test & Evaluation Entomologist, Harris County Public Health
DESCRIPTION: Under the supervision of the Mosquito Control Field Operations Manager, the Test & Evaluation Entomologist functions as the supervisor of the Test & Evaluation (T&E) Section of the division. This position is responsible for laboratory and/or field-related testing of unique problems relating to mosquito and other disease vector species control and Insecticide Resistance Management (IRM) Testing.
QUALIFICATIONS: M.S. from an accredited college or university in the field of Entomology, Biology, Environmental Science, Public Health, or any Life Science/Health Science related field. Must have laboratory bioassay experience.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Complete an application for Harris County job number 05745 by December 12, 2020.
POSITION: Supervisor (Surveillance Entomologist), Harris County Public Health
DESCRIPTION: Under the supervision of the Mosquito and Vector Control Technical Operations Manager, the Surveillance Entomologists’ function is to supervise the daily operations of the Mosquito Surveillance section, collaborate activities alongside the Avian surveillance, Vector Surveillance and Virology sections, and to disseminate data in an accurate and timely manner to guide in the management and control of arbovirus diseases.
QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Entomology, Biology, Public Health, or Science-related field from an accredited college or university AND One (1) year of experience with mosquito surveillance and/or mosquito biology; One (1) year of experience in a supervisory capacity; Excellent working knowledge of general biology, larval and adult identifications, and mosquito-borne disease surveillance and prevention.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Complete an application for Harris County job number 05746 by December 12, 2020.
POSITION: Vector Biologist, California Department of Public Health
DESCRIPTION: Heluna Health (HH) and the Vector-Borne Disease Section (VBDS) of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) are recruiting for the position of a Vector Biologist for Vector-Borne Disease Surveillance Projects, including in the National Parks. The Vector Biologist position is a contract position responsible for working with VBDS staff to conduct prevention, surveillance, and control of vector-borne diseases in National Parks and other regions in California. Work will be performed under the supervision of the Supervising Public Health Biologist, VBDS Coastal Region. Duties performed will help reduce the risk of vector-borne disease transmission to California residents, visitors, and employees of the National Park Service through the statewide vector-borne disease surveillance program.
QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum qualifications - Bachelor degree in biological sciences or a related field. Experience conducting molecular assays required. Experience conducting serological assays required. Experience trapping and handling small mammals preferred.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Complete an application for Job ID VECTO02517 through the Heluna Health job board.
POSITION: Supervisory Veterinary Medical Officer / Research Microbiologist, USDA-ARS
DESCRIPTION: The Research Leader position is located at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Science (ARS), Foreign Arthropod-Borne Animal Diseases Research Unit (FABADRU), National Bio and Agro Defense Facility (NBAF), Manhattan, KS. The incumbent will lead a multidisciplinary team of FABADRU scientists studying all phases of complex arthropod-borne disease cycles.
QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum qualifications - degree in microbiology; or biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included at least 20 semester hours in microbiology and other subjects related to the study of microorganisms, and 20 semester hours in the physical and mathematical sciences combining course work in organic chemistry or biochemistry, physics, and college algebra, or their equivalent.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Complete an application form by November 25, 2020, available on USAJobs.gov.
POSITION: Biologist - Field Supervisor, Mosquito Extermination, Morris County, NJ
DESCRIPTION: The Morris County Department of Public Works, Mosquito Control Division, is seeking a Biologist to become part the mosquito control staff. We are looking for a candidate to supervise inspection staff, perform field work requiring the application of biological and closely related principles and techniques; does other related duties as required.
QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum qualifications - graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in one of the biological sciences.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Complete an application form available on the Morris County Job advertisement page.
POSITION: Veterinary Virology / Immunology Faculty, University of Tennessee
DESCRIPTION: The College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking a veterinary virologist/immunologist who will be responsible for teaching in the professional DVM and graduate programs as well as contributing to diagnostic laboratory services. The ideal candidate will have the background and ability to teach both virology and immunology. The successful candidate will conduct independent research in either discipline and would also be encouraged to participate in multidisciplinary collaborative research efforts, which could include clinical applications, mechanistic studies, and/or involvement in the burgeoning One Health research initiative here at the University of Tennessee.
QUALIFICATIONS: Qualified applicants must have: (1) a DVM (or equivalent degree) or relevant PhD; (2) post-doctoral experience in diagnostic veterinary immunology and/or virology; (3) a record of publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals documenting case-based and/or hypothesis driven research; (4) excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work well with others in a collegial, team atmosphere.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Applicants are asked to submit their letter of intent, names and contact information for at least three professional references, current curriculum vitae and a concise (up to 3-page) statement of diagnostic, research and teaching aspirations to the search committee Chair, Dr Michael Fry, care of:
Ms Donna Longmire Department of Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine The University of Tennessee 2407 River Drive, Rm A201 Knoxville, TN 37996-4546 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
POSITION: Assistant/Associate Professor and Director, Mississippi State University
DESCRIPTION: The Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology, and Plant Pathology (BCH-EPP) at Mississippi State University seeks to fill a tenure-track, position in entomology at the Assistant or Associate level on the main campus in Starkville. This position will consist of 70% research and 30% Teaching. The successful applicant will also serve as the Director of the MS Entomological Museum.
QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D. in entomology or a related field is required with demonstrated scholarly productivity, and excellence in written and oral communication. ABD candidates will not be considered for this position. Candidates with teaching experience, evidence of multidisciplinary collaborations, experience integrating basic and applied research, a record of leadership and service, and the ability to secure extramural funding will be given priority.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Applications must be submitted through the MSU employment portal. Completed applications will include: a current curriculum vitae, statements of research interests and teaching philosophy, copies of up to five relevant publications, unofficial transcripts and contact information for at least five references. Review of applications will begin on January 4, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.
POSITION: Associate Professor, Arbovirologist, Tulane University
DESCRIPTION: The Department of Tropical Medicine in the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is seeking a prominent investigator in arboviral research to develop a Center of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases. This researcher will have a well-developed program in the molecular epidemiology, immunology, molecular biology, pathogenesis or pathogen-vector interactions for one or several arboviruses. Resources will be provided for relocation and recruitment of additional faculty positions. Candidates should have evidence of sustained scientific productivity and may have external funding for research.
Individual research programs in the Department of Tropical Medicine at Tulane currently include dengue and other mosquito-borne viral pathogens, malaria, Chagas, schistosomiasis, tick-borne diseases and antimicrobial resistance. There is a strong entomology research program with links to the city and state mosquito control boards. Related research programs at Tulane involve tuberculosis, HIV. lassa fever and ebola.
QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates at the Associate or Full Professor levels should have national or international reputations, robust and active research programs, and a history of mentorship and leadership to enable their success in building international research teams, educational programs and other aspects of leadership within the Department of Tropical Medicine.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Interested candidates should forward a CV, a cover letter describing their research interests and leadership accomplishments, and names of 3 referees in a single pdf file to email@example.com with “Arbovirology Search Committee” in the subject space.
POSITION: Associate or Full Professor of Empire Innovation, Center for Environmental Health & Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University
DESCRIPTION: SUNY Upstate Medical University (UMU), in collaboration with SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), seeks two internationally recognized experts in vector-borne diseases and infectious disease ecology, broadly defined, to apply for an Associate or Full Professor of Empire Innovation position (Commensurate of the experience of the Empire Innovation Program (EIP) faculty per decision of campus leadership) as part of the New York State Empire Innovation Scholar Program. The program and position aims to expand the ranks of world-class faculty within the SUNY system. EIP positions are highly prized and very competitive; as such, EIP faculty enjoy special distinction within the SUNY system and are largely free of teaching responsibilities in order to accelerate their research.
QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate should have an established research program focused on the complex relationship between the environment and human health, currently funded through competitive extramural sources that are R01 or R01-equivalent.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and statement of research interests to firstname.lastname@example.org. References will be requested if you are selected as a finalist. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Postdoctoral / Fellowships
POSITION: Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Entomology, Cornell University
DESCRIPTION: A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Courtney Murdock at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY, USA), for a highly motivated candidate to study how different environmental drivers impact host-pathogen interactions and transmission in the Asian malaria mosquito (Anopheles stephensi) – human malaria (Plasmodium falciparum) system. The research project, funded by NIH (R01 AI153444-01), will utilize data generated from experiments that define key relationships between temperature, relative humidity, and transmission, along with climate data collected in the field, to build mechanistic models of temporal and spatial variation in urban malaria.
QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in immunology/microbiology/host-microbe interactions or a related biological discipline by February 1, 2021 and be self-motivated, and have excellent communication (verbal and written English) and organizational skills. Solid molecular biology and cell culture skills, experience working with parasites in vertebrate hosts and / or mosquitoes, and a strong proficiency in statistics and data analysis is preferred. Comprehensive knowledge of or interest in learning how ecological and evolutionary concepts and theory apply to infectious disease is highly desired. Applicants should also have a strong interest and experience in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Interested applicants should submit a CV, letter of interest, research statement, contact information for 3 references and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion via Academic Jobs Online. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a candidate is selected or deadline for applications is 1/15/2021.
POSITION: Postdoctoral Fellow, Virology and Vector Biology/Parasitology, Colorado State University
DESCRIPTION: The Foy laboratory in the Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology Department at Colorado State University is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to lead and manage research projects in the Foy lab and some undergraduate/graduate personnel in the lab. This postdoctoral position’s primary duties are to organize, conduct and develop studies under our funded research aimed at understanding and controlling vector-borne diseases, with a specific focus on genetic analyses of vectors (Anopheles, Culex, and Aedes spp.) and vector-borne pathogens (Plasmodium spp., West Nile virus, and Zika virus).
QUALIFICATIONS: Research doctorate degree with vector biology, arbovirology, or parasitology expertise and experience with molecular genetic/genomics/bioinformatics analyses of field and laboratory experiment samples.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Email curriculum vitae, cover letter, unofficial transcripts, and three references to Dr. Brian Foy (Brian.Foy@ColoState.EDU).
POSITION: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Urban Pest Management, Rutgers University
DESCRIPTION: The Urban Entomology lab at Department of Entomology, Rutgers University has an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position starting in January 2021. Primary responsibility is to conduct applied research in urban pest management. Current projects include house mouse and cockroach management research in apartment buildings. The secondary responsibility is to collaborate with the pest control industry to design, execute, and summarize bioassays for industry partners. The candidate is expected to assist in grant preparation, supervise undergraduate and graduate students, present research findings in professional meetings, and publish results in peer-reviewed journals.
QUALIFICATIONS: Requires a PhD in area of Entomology or closely related field. Requires a strong background and knowledge of insect behavior, pest management, insecticide toxicology, experimental design and statistical analysis, excellent organizational, interpersonal skills.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Email a letter of interest, unofficial transcripts, GRE scores, CV, and contact information of four references to Dr. Changlu Wang. Department of Entomology, 96 Lipman Hall, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. Email: email@example.com. Website: https://entomology.rutgers.edu/personel/changlu-wang
Professional Development & Training Opportunities
eCornell Online Program in Vector-Borne Disease Surveillance
The Cornell Department of Entomology has partnered with eCornell to provide a 3-week online training program to help you understand the tools, methodology, and best practices for the surveillance of arthropod vectors, including ticks and mosquitoes. You will gain the knowledge and resources necessary to design an effective vector surveillance program in your local jurisdiction. The course is intended to train and create a network of public health practitioners, from a variety of backgrounds, in entomology and in the approaches, techniques, and skills required for effective surveillance programs. Enrollment discounts may be available.
Biology of Vector-Borne Disease Course, University of Idaho
The third annual Biology of Vector-borne Disease course is scheduled for Sunday through Friday, June 20-25, 2021. This six-day course, offered through the University of Idaho, is both lecture- and discussion-based and is delivered by internationally recognized experts, with integrated case studies of emerging vector-borne pathogens. The course registration fee (USD $1,500) includes housing, meals, course materials and social activities. Registration will be due following acceptance into the course.
American Mosquito Control Association e-Modules
The e-modules cover basic mosquito biology, surveillance and control with an emphasis on Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus
Certification in Public Health Entomology
The Midwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (MCE-VBD) is offering a certificate in Public Health Entomology to recognize and provide basic skills related to the surveillance and management of mosquito- and tick-borne diseases. The certification process is open to anyone affiliated with MCE-VBD partner organizations with interest in developing skills in vector-borne disease surveillance and control.
CDC Learning Tools for Health Care Providers
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide web-based continuing medical educational (CME) resources for health care providers on Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment, as well as other tickborne diseases.
Entomological Society of America Certification Programs
The Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation offers two certification programs for professionals who work with insects:
- Board Certified Entomologist - program for professional entomologists with degrees in entomology or a closely-related field
- Associate Certified Entomologist - program for pest management professionals with strong training and experience in insect-related work, but without academic training required of professional entomologists
Mosquito Training Course for Pest Managers
The Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases, along with partners in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is pleased to announce a new online course in mosquito training for pest managers. Participants who complete the 11 modules in the course will learn to identify and understand the mosquitoes of major importance in the urban environment, their life cycles, the general methods of control, personal protective equipment required for safe insecticide application, and the laws and regulations governing mosquito control for the urban pest management industry.
NEHA Vectors & Pests Webinars
The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) produces open-access webinars to improve the capacity of environmental health to identify and understand emerging vectors found in the United States. The NEHA Vector & Pests Webinars page provides up-to-date information on vector control topics and resources used to protect the public of the transmission of vector-borne diseases.
Pesticide Management Education Program Distance Learning Center
The Pesticide Management Education Program (PMEP) partners with the New York State Integrated Pest Management program (NYSIPM) to provide online pesticide applicator courses. These courses often carry continuing education credits accepted by New York, Vermont, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and West Virginia. Available courses include toxicity of pesticides, insect biocontrol, integrated tick management, introduction to developing IPM strategies, and more.
Vector Control for Environmental Health Professionals (VCEHP)
A no-cost 11-course learning series developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and partners. Program emphasized the use of integrated pest management (IPM) to address public health pests and vectors that spread disease.
Additional Career Websites
American Mosquito Control Association
American Public Health Association
American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene
Entomological Society of America
Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California
National Association of County and City Health Officials
New Jersey Mosquito Control Association
Regional Centers of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases
Society for Vector Ecology
Texas A&M University Entomology Job Board